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I finally got the JD jet kit installed and took my new Beta RS450 for its first real ride today. I put on 114 miles of mostly serious single and dual track riding. Man, I really love this bike! It was more than what I expected. The engine is powerful and has a wonderful linear power band from very low to the top end. The bike will just lug along, or rev quickly. It is a great motor. The bike is very nicely suspended and balanced with a wonderful low center of gravity, especially compared to the DRZ. At 5'10" I can put both feet down flat and secure on the ground! After a few hours the suspension really started to work in. It all felt great, and I only made a few adjustments on the shock, and none on the forks. I was worried about the fuel economy, but got nearly 43 mpg on a very dirt oriented ride, with lots of miles of sand wash. I was pretty happy about that too.

The only nit I can find is the right hand mirror doesn't fold down very low and on the big hits I sometimes hit my chest on it. I took it off, and may just get one of the Ken Sean ones on that side. Other than that I am very please with the bike. The wide ratio 6 speed transmission is awesome. Tomorrow I will clean it up and change the oil and the TWO filters, and get it ready for our next time together.

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I finally got the JD jet kit installed and took my new Beta RS450 for its first real ride today. I put on 114 miles of mostly serious single and dual track riding. Man, I really love this bike! It was more than what I expected. The engine is powerful and has a wonderful linear power band from very low to the top end. The bike will just lug along, or rev quickly. It is a great motor. The bike is very nicely suspended and balanced with a wonderful low center of gravity, especially compared to the DRZ. At 5'10" I can put both feet down flat and secure on the ground! After a few hours the suspension really started to work in. It all felt great, and I only made a few adjustments on the shock, and none on the forks. I was worried about the fuel economy, but got nearly 43 mpg on a very dirt oriented ride, with lots of miles of sand wash. I was pretty happy about that too.

The only nit I can find is the right hand mirror doesn't fold down very low and on the big hits I sometimes hit my chest on it. I took it off, and may just get one of the Ken Sean ones on that side. Other than that I am very please with the bike. The wide ration 2 speed transmission is awesome. Tomorrow I will clean it up and change the oil and the TWO filters, and get it ready for our next time together.

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WOW! I'm jealous ๐Ÿ‘

What kind of deal did you get on your 08'?

I'm really itching to get one but, can't seem to find one that fits the budget. :banghead:I did find an RR that fit the budget but, didn't want to risk loosing the plate in CA. I'll keep looking.

Bike looks aweome!๐Ÿคฃ

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I'm really liking my 08 450 rr alot! I've finally got the jetting very close OCEMR needle with a 165 main , 14/48 gearing. Suspension is pretty good out of the box once broken in. I changed the rear spring to a 6kg/mm, still on the stock .48 fronts and will do a revalve using the Riders Edge Suspension basevalves , got them on the bench just to tired, lazy or both from riding three days a week.

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I finally got the JD jet kit installed and took my new Beta RS450 for its first real ride today. I put on 114 miles of mostly serious single and dual track riding. Man, I really love this bike! It was more than what I expected. The engine is powerful and has a wonderful linear power band from very low to the top end. The bike will just lug along, or rev quickly. It is a great motor. The bike is very nicely suspended and balanced with a wonderful low center of gravity, especially compared to the DRZ. At 5'10" I can put both feet down flat and secure on the ground! After a few hours the suspension really started to work in. It all felt great, and I only made a few adjustments on the shock, and none on the forks. I was worried about the fuel economy, but got nearly 43 mpg on a very dirt oriented ride, with lots of miles of sand wash. I was pretty happy about that too.

The only nit I can find is the right hand mirror doesn't fold down very low and on the big hits I sometimes hit my chest on it. I took it off, and may just get one of the Ken Sean ones on that side. Other than that I am very please with the bike. The wide ratio 6 speed transmission is awesome. Tomorrow I will clean it up and change the oil and the TWO filters, and get it ready for our next time together.

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๐Ÿ‘:thumbsup:๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ™‚:ride::applause:

Great!!! enjoy that Beta!!!!!:jawdrop:

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The taillight and turn signals are the Tusk brand from www.rockymountainatv.com Not a bolt on arrangement, had to be adapted to fit.

Can you take a close-up picture of the tail light and how its modded and mounted...did you have to drill holes in the top of your fender to mount it? I like the look and your bike looks sick. Makes me want to put white plastics on my 08 525.

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Can you take a close-up picture of the tail light and how its modded and mounted...did you have to drill holes in the top of your fender to mount it? I like the look and your bike looks sick. Makes me want to put white plastics on my 08 525.

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I'll try to snap a few more pics underneath tommorrow for you. I will be under there putting the rack back on. I only trimmed and drilled into the Tusk sub-fender, not any of the stock parts including the inner fender. No drilling thru the fender at all. I can quickly mount right back up my stock taillight assembly and red plastics if I wanted to. Had to trim the headlight shroud a little to accomodate the front narrower lights. The RS has an electronic flasher, so the blink rate was fine. The rear low-profile turn lights stay out of the exhaust stream.

Sick means good, right? ๐Ÿ‘

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Sick definitely means good....I am trying to find a tail light setup that I like and will give me some visibility. I had an Edge tail light on my DRZ and really liked the fit but it didn't give off much light and I commute to work early in the dark. I modded my stock tail section on my Beta but I'm not sold on the look even though I like the light it gives off. Maybe with some mini turn signals it would look better....I'm open to suggestions since this looks ridiculous the more I look at it.

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Dirtwiz,

Here are the photos from underneath as promised.

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The Tusk LED taillight is very bright and I am very satified with it. I could be a little wider. The price is pretty good too. The surface mount turn signals aren't quite as bright as the short stalk ones I have on the front, but certainly bright enough.

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Hey guys,

I also did not care for the RS stock rear fender. I thought it was not very well supported, especially when it got muddy, it kind of flapped around. I put a Beta RR fender and taillight on my 2008 RS525. It bolted on and cost about $50 from the local Beta dealer, RPS. I pitched the turn signals. I will post a pic if you are interested.

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Hey guys,

I also did not care for the RS stock rear fender. I thought it was not very well supported, especially when it got muddy, it kind of flapped around. I put a Beta RR fender and taillight on my 2008 RS525. It bolted on and cost about $50 from the local Beta dealer, RPS. I pitched the turn signals. I will post a pic if you are interested.[/quote]

Mark over at RPS is a nice guy.๐Ÿ‘

I'd like to see your pictures as I'm getting closer to buy a Beta. I don't plan on changing out my break or tail lights until I break them....which I know will happen๐Ÿคฃ so I might as well get some ideas now.

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Hey guys,

I also did not care for the RS stock rear fender. I thought it was not very well supported, especially when it got muddy, it kind of flapped around. I put a Beta RR fender and taillight on my 2008 RS525. It bolted on and cost about $50 from the local Beta dealer, RPS. I pitched the turn signals. I will post a pic if you are interested.

Yes, I would like to see photos too. I thought about the R taillight which I would expect to be more of a bolt up, but does the brake work? Any worries about the long hand of the law?

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I read that the RS has an electronic flasher, does that mean it will run all four led signals with no problem,. thanks

James

Yes, it does. It was just "plug & play" with the LED turn signals and they work fine with a normal flash rate. The flasher relay says "electronic" right on it.

Here are a couple of "love shots" from yesterday's ride:

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I finally got the JD jet kit installed and took my new Beta RS450 for its first real ride today. I put on 114 miles of mostly serious single and dual track riding. Man, I really love this bike! It was more than what I expected. The engine is powerful and has a wonderful linear power band from very low to the top end. The bike will just lug along, or rev quickly. It is a great motor. The bike is very nicely suspended and balanced with a wonderful low center of gravity, especially compared to the DRZ. At 5'10" I can put both feet down flat and secure on the ground! After a few hours the suspension really started to work in. It all felt great, and I only made a few adjustments on the shock, and none on the forks. I was worried about the fuel economy, but got nearly 43 mpg on a very dirt oriented ride, with lots of miles of sand wash. I was pretty happy about that too.

The only nit I can find is the right hand mirror doesn't fold down very low and on the big hits I sometimes hit my chest on it. I took it off, and may just get one of the Ken Sean ones on that side. Other than that I am very please with the bike. The wide ratio 6 speed transmission is awesome. Tomorrow I will clean it up and change the oil and the TWO filters, and get it ready for our next time together.

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So would you consider this a Master Beta? ๐Ÿ‘

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